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a true that was laid to rest on wednesday the second them far more of day kim jong il's youngest son and successor was proclaimed the supreme leader of the ruling party been a treat and the people. when they talk to n.b.a. star. about what it takes for russian athletes to become a sports celebrity that's in spotlight. how. is.
always. always among the best in the world but the iron curtain fell off the twenty years ago many russians started to go abroad to play in the best. states a bit later russian club started making big bets and they also started hiring the best athletes in the world. so so. what is it take to make a living to make a career in big sports today we have a. person who made it both in russia and the united states. know in the n.b.a. as a case. and. as a great success story he first played in russia. but didn't stay there for long.
years he was. becoming the youngest european player. during the twelve years he spent with jazz he was one of the team's best players with an annual salary of fifteen million dollars. he moved back to moscow to play for. the state. teams want to recruit him and keep making generous proposals. drain welcome to the show thank you very much for being with us well first of all you play in russia today and european basketball is generally considered to be softer than in the united states do you believe that's true after that game when you suffered a broken nose and a concussion is released after that in the states well i don't believe it so far because you know the level of the basketball growing up every year and you know
more and more and be a player players with the n.b.a. experience coming to europe and playing here it's different yes but i wouldn't say it's softer. so it is a tough game still gives you know people people doesn't want to lose you know everybody fighting for every piece of on the floor and everybody competes hard so that's probably the same type of in terms of. n.b.a. pro dilemma will probably a little bit lower but you know you played in a team here in moscow in new year two thousand now it's two thousand and eleven more than ten years have passed can you compare the level of basketball in russia while the change during these ten years well definitely definitely future. improvement. idea back to the russian team after ten years being an m.b.a.
and. all the infrastructure of the team changed its more professional people and here way better players the league or improved so much more and more players playing professionally on the highest level right now a lot of young guys who potentially can be a man be playing here and that's why the level you know where we were raised and. everybody stepped up. interviewed you last time it was several years ago you told me i remember that your own club says colleges are also in the red army club you said if we bring it to the states and give them a chance to play in the n.b.a. for one season they would level up with a level up of the n.b.a. clubs and a and b. like of the same level is this still true i would say that the current team if you bring to term be their root there would give probably fifteen twenty wins or season
but if they play more and more time you know get some time to adjust and get used for the n.b.a. style. i wouldn't say we would be a playoff team but we would be somewhere close and fighting for that spot what is the reason i don't know you ask yourself this question why why can't the clubs other than in the united states be as good as the n.b.a. what's what's the main reason. well low profile i think it's cool preparation before the n.b.a. you know that and see double where it's a huge. leap for the students where all the young talents grow up to be. you know as best as they can be there joining me right after the great great using as you know a very. proven and they grow not getting
you know muscles and fighting so hard them. unfortunately there's not a lot of good steering basketball guys who was very talented at the age of fifteen sixteen years old they have to play for the for the senior teams and they also become because for the states for america's basketball is. just like football for brazilians it's like a religion does it well a lot of a lot of contras have a basketball as a religion likely to any sort. but i'm saying those america have all the steps and you know with a little kid having a great talent he comes to school then he comes to the coach then he comes to the n.b.a. . those are three steps you know there's going to become such a complete players and europe unfortunately you know after right after school players have to go to the professional team and they skip that part. with their
student basketball with a coalition a university basketball and i think that's the future loss of the well but even the best machines break down we have this lockout this is the reason why i came here to play what was the reason for this and for the previous lockout only greed or something else i mean we only see the one part you know all the fans want to see the best your bowl everybody thinks it's agreed and you know everybody mad on the on the players everybody made the owners and you know i can understand that but you should understand one thing it's a huge huge business. which is broadcast in a three hundred conscious everybody likes to watch everybody likes to. be around basketball and you know be involved somehow so so that's why you should have the rules you should have agreement between two sides one little things so in the future you don't have problems and when you don't have that agreement that's why
the problems all the problems comes out so right now there was a time when two sides cannot reach that agreement you know fortunately right now everything is set up you know and players can play basketball owners can own any you know enjoy the basketball and all the fans can enjoy it now you know we know when the lockout is finished and. who's the winner is there a winner the players all the others i think they have their winners as the fans really your friends you've lost. i don't think you know both most sides cannot win because this is where i see it. should be compromise most nights have to stand there for one hundred compromise before without the lockout because there is not enough time or you know they only have like two or three months to reach that agreement and unfortunately there wasn't enough time to reach it so this wife happened that's why you know for three months almost four monist lockout was
happened you know the season didn't start in the right time you tell me that in russia. is progress and it's moving to are becoming better and better well do you think that the police here the russian players should also defend their rights and defend their rights the same way they do that in the united states it's impossible because because players in europe don't have a lever which. it's a profitable league which is making money and you know if the players stop playing and stop making money in the europe. teams usually i would say ninety nine percent of the teams not profitable and not making money and less most are sponsored you know they're the rich guys who like storm the basketball team and football teams they pay money just to support it and they're not making money so that's why there's the only reason why the players can step up
and say look we're not going to play ok at home play we're going to have someone else who will think you know that. you know this is the reason so listen so that means that players in the league in the n.b.a. i mean they they they feel themselves free here because because the they're in business i mean i mean they know that somebody needs them well that's definitely you know i think players and n.b.a. down the stamp they're part of the product you know they know if they don't play well they're going to lose money so you know every time they step on the court they have to give their best to have to give hundred percent they have to make people like the game of basketball like themselves like a bit well organised because you know they're working on the same side with their own arse and. basketball as a product very attractive. you are a russian you are a guy born in the soviet union and just before before this interview you just told
me i make a decision for my future and money isn't everything you know there are things that matter more than money well what is it in russia that matters so much for the for the players what they can get in the states. i mean when you play in russia from when. you know you're playing with the guys here you are you grow up with you know we have nine russian guys on the team right now and you know every day you're spending so much time when the locker room. as for the chemistry you know when you have your guys coming every day and you know joking around you know having fun with together and playing together you know you always some the same page you always kind of have same mentality and this is worth a lot you know we all want to play in the best leave definitely you know n.b.a. is the best way for this and we want to play there but you can't through plays. in
a locker room because it's just a little different so this is a. locker room stuff we're talking about i understand that it's maybe even more important than the game itself well it's not important in the game but what i'm saying is this part of the life if you want to feel as comfortable as you want because you can be and i think. through way a locker room playing in the russia and playing i want to remember it's a little different and it's just way more easy for myself because i'm russian. to feel the chemistry here rather than in america says. the russian n.b.a. basketball spotlight will be back shortly after the break so stay with us and.
back to spotlight and i'll get it over in just a reminder that my guest on the show today is under a good eleven co the famous russian basketball player in the n.b.a. as a k forty seven hundred eight well there we started talking about the ability of russians to play abroad the sort of a comfort of this come for that you have when you play well when you play in a fairly well this is true. you know really for basketball this is also true for hockey players in the n.h.l. this is also true it might sound funny for the russian girls in the modeling this last of them or are working work it's also a kind of sport you have brought well what do you think what's the reason that russians do really when they do really fit into that though they may be very good
professionally well oh i know a lot of examples for the athletes who plays in america and you know they feel very comfortable and i know a lot of examples of people who doesn't know it but there's a language barrier i think it's all individual in a language probably psychologically you know people get to use for the russia and for the russian friends you know they don't want to miss their family their friends you know they get to use for the you know you know sort of co. food i think it's important sometimes and. the chinese are different from russian but america is american food so different. it is different you know you have to get used to it. i think one of the people coming to america alone you know i was a little bit lucky because i came and i came here with my wife and i have a support on my side. good cook.
so she supported me and i feel like you know i have somebody on my side but you know a lot of a lot of the common alone and that's why they always alone you know they suffer they feel lonely and very warm you know and. you know bring them back home kids. oh the american do they feel themselves american all russian or what i have two boys who was born and salt lake city and i believe they show america. you know would be this big both languages. they know they have fresh and they have america. pretty free normal and. very comfortable in russia or it stays and i like it like that you know they don't have a problem to leave moscow and leave unsold lake city or live in france i think it
helps them in the future you know a bit they want to feel anything any any badness you know being in and out of contract. i've heard the pinion from from russian fleet try to to where can broaden that came back to russia that working abroad especially in the united states in the best leagues and the channel and the in the n.b.a. requires who are self discipline more sacrifice if you won then when you play here way can be more relaxed is that. maybe partially because if you want to be math with on the highest level you have to have it anyway doesn't matter where you play in n.b.a. or you play in the russian elite if you want to be at the top when you want to be a successful athlete. you have to you have to have self-discipline you have to be you have to work hard you know to reach a grow. you have to sacrifice some some some things in your life to get there and i
don't think it's particularly go to the m h o n b a well you know american sport when you personally enjoy a career like a k forty seven when you come back now to play in the early club and are you different from the other guys i mean because you've got your good n.b.a. today you'll have four hands so does that make you different does that make you special. well i think and be experience is definitely helps. players look at your little bit different. know that you have a great experience but it gives you away more responsibility because you ken. misstep you have to be on the same level every day and you have to. give the good example for everybody a bit here i'm here but i'm here to relax i'm here to work i'm here to show you the example how it's supposed to be and you know it takes some problem external just
sometimes because if you play in the n.b.a. you already did it everybody knows that you know you're in the team and you play and what you can but it is no more than i have here you're more like a symbol and b. and you know you can't really have you know. they would allow you the usual mistakes and mean you know it's not you know love for me because that's what this is you mentioned that only nine. russians this is only fifteen guys that really. well now you are needed here but you are a foreigner when you play in the states what's your opinion there's a huge discussion now in russia about about attracting foreigners to play for russian teams in football and ice hockey and basketball your opinion about that for is it good or bad should we limit the number of foreigners i think i think it's
a different situation. in russia. you know and it is the best league and everybody will support it doesn't matter a. whole team is foreigners you know because there's a lot of examples like when a lot of foreigners play there in russia i think it's a little different situation because. we. have a very big national teams and we all want him to be successful. or there are to be successful we have to have russian players to play well and if we have every team you know to bring a lot of foreigners and the russian players know a player we're going to lose our national team. that's why i think we should. terrible restriction so you are in favor of i think we should have a reason to do. what it should be like a crazy you know it should be balance what would you say how many how many is enough pretty fucking percent. to be honest well you never know the cause you know
that you don't have an answer you know i've never been involved and the lies are should be it should be analyzed because you know they're for the relationship then lies and see how the season goes how many russian players played well you know monitor the situation so next year because change it or keep it like a base you know keep it the same way. it's not my job right now maybe in the future when i you know finish my career. somebody in a federation of them will do it ok well speaking about your career you definitely want to take part in the london olympics you were pretty successfully personally at least at the previous olympics the olympics even with the flag bearer for the russian team so what can you say about that london is sort of trying to look forward to it to learn their work is about the future russians would definitely looking forward to be an olympics and
a lot of them we know there are you know you know we july second we're going to have a qualification tournament and three teams going to go to la so we're going to do our best to be there and you know being a russian delegation team. in two thousand and twelve what he say today this winter the future of russian national team isn't something to really be afraid of you can compare the teams i mean the russian thing the american team you know a lot about it oh i don't think we should be afraid of you know well i think when we have a very promising team a last european championship we get the bronze medal two thousand so i want to get the gold medal and we play him pretty well you know we have a young guy. as for most girls you know he plays them better and i guess right now he improved a lot and we're getting another guy from n.b.a. which is pretty good for the team you know for the experience and the rest of the guys we have a great young guys from. and i think we're i think we have
very very good young talented team so. do you think that that basketball is one of the one of the rushes go the expectations for the and are not really. here in the first of all we have to be there we can jump ahead to you know think about gold medal before we even you know we're going to fight for that for the invitation and. then i think oh main goal will be to get from the group to the quarterfinal and try to be playing and try to get the best for five for the medal if we talk about the quality qualifying for the for the olympic tournament who do you consider your main rival. was a little. thrown in team always been pretty successful and pretty good greek team always tough. you know solid teams much don't much you going to show the great
chorus last year about. the teams from south america's puerto rico and new zealand team will be tough cookie. is going to be probably five sixteen who is really going to be great contenders for three spots thank you thank you very much andrei and just to remind you that my guest on the show today would be related to the famous russian basketball player. b. and b. a as a k forty seven and that's it for their personal to spotlight we'll be back with more for a comment on what's going on and bush if you want to send me a letter. if you have for one and you let me turn to the next very good took me a lie that i would love and r.t. if you need are you let's keep spotlight and act one of the backs of the failing our team and take.